Sunday, September 14, 2014

Life Lessons on the Diamond and Oma

The weekend started out very hectically Friday morning when both David and Hope had picture day.  I posted on facebook Friday morning that fellow mothers of little girls had failed to warn me how DRAMATIC school picture day is with a girl!  It has always been a breeze with boys, but Friday, we went through several dresses before we could agree. 
The final product!  David wanted to rock the shirt and tie of course, and this was the dress that fit the dress code for school and that we could both agree on. 
This weekend we watched a lot of Riverdogs baseball.  Yall know that baseball is not my favorite sport, but I love our  Riverdog family.  Some amazing moments happened at the field this past weekend.

Early this fall ball season, our boys won a championship!  David had been in the dugout with the boys all weekend being apart of the team in the best way that he could.  When the team won the championship, the first trophy presented was to David by the head of the BPA association.  He is the guy in the white shirt in this picture.  He shared with a friend of mine this past weekend that he has put together a lot of tournaments this year and presenting this trophy to David was the most fun he has had at the park all summer.  This picture is actually his screen saver on his computer. 

Sometimes we get jaded by vocal and negative people, or distracted by extended family drama, or life sometimes just gets hard.  Then you hear that your child has touched someone and impacted them and you realize that there are some amazing folks in this world.   There are some amazing and big-hearted folks in our neck of the woods and I am so thankful that David often finds them:)

At the ballpark last night a guy from the opposing team got hit in the hand by a ball.  It had to have hurt this kid and we all felt sorry for him.  Because they had just the exact amount of players needed to play without forfeiting, this kid had to bat again later in the game when the game was tied.  Bless him, he was trying to bat one handed to avoid getting an out for his team.  Our coach watched him try to hit and he stopped the game.  He said that no child should have to come up to bat hurt and that they could skip him in the batting order without forfeiting an out.  The game was tied at this point and it impressed us all that our coach saw that winning was secondary to this kid.  I know our team saw this kid's relief when he got to go back to the dugout and it was a proud moment for us all.  Men of integrity are the kind of men I want coaching my son. 
I also had another proud moment at the field watching my son.  This morning we had to be at the field very early for a game.  Kyle woke up with an upset stomach.  I thought it would get better by game time, but sadly he got sicker and sicker throughout the morning.  He spent all of warmups in the bathroom and he chugged Malox and chewed on tums.  He was so sick it broke my heart.  But because he was in the batting order he had to bat.  He did not play in the field at all, but he had to bat.  This is how pitiful he looked coming up to bat.  My heart broke knowing he was sick and was worried to get on base and be unable to get to a bathroom, but amazingly he stuck it out and got on base.  I was proud that he gave it his all despite being very sick. 
I love that we all learn so many awesome life lessons at the ballpark.  I love that God used baseball to teach integrity, perserverance, compassion, and that winning is secondary to doing the right thing.  It was a great weekend at the field. 
After getting home from the ballpark and resting a little (or in my case taking a two hour nap) we went to Hungry Mother with Oma for a little playtime.  It was a beautiful fall day today and it was fun to watch Hope and David play and to show off to Oma our local state park. 

Mike, his Mom, and our kiddos.  She is here through Tuesday and I think our family schedule has probably worn her out!  Ha! I keep joking that she is going to need a vacation from her vacation in Virginia. 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Busy Week

This week has been full - Mike's Mom is here visiting with us from Texas, I have started a new bible study that has intensive homework, and afterschool started at church this week.  It has been busy but blessed.

I just started a new bible study with a group of ladies at a nearby church.  I think this is my 8th Beth Moore bible study that I have done in the last 13 years.  Hearing Beth's voice on these videos instantly brings me back to the sweet little fellowship hall at Beth Carr Baptist Church many years ago in Madison County.  I love being in this intense of a bible study even if it is a challenge to get the homework done each week.  It is hard, but oh so worth it. 
I know that God used those many Wednesday night bible studies all those years ago to prepare me for David's cancer.  I learned and grew so much in my years as a young wife and new Momma and the fellowship with those other ladies and the truths of God's word built me into a better christian, wife, and mother.  Those were precious years to me.

Fast forward thirteen years later and that same baby that I used to nurse during my first Beth Moore bible study is now in youth group at church!  Our afterschool program for kids and youth started this past Wednesday.  It was awesome to see those kids again and to start our new curriculum.  It teaches God's word based on candy.  Afternoons at FUMC are sacred to me.  I love this program and love serving in this ministry.  I also love that my three kids are in church every Wednesday afternoon. 

We are also spending quality time with Mike's Mom who is here visiting us from Texas.  She has not been here in two years and we have toted here around to all the kids activities so she can see them in action.  She also had a birthday her first day here, so we had a little birthday celebration for her.
She makes these chocolate chip brownie pillow cookies that my kids adore!  They started making them tonight and they will finish them tomorrow afternoon.  Cathy is a great cook and we always have fun chatting over recipes and experimenting in the kitchen while she is here.

This weekend we have Cathy's schedule full of soccer, baseball, church, and more baseball!  She will need a vacation from her vacation when she leaves here! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Soccer and our Anchor

This weekend has been low key and laid back.  The big news of the weekend is that ths little love started Upward Soccer!

She loved it so much and my parents even showed up to the game and surprised us!  They are busy taking care of my grandmother, so that it is a treat when they come to town.  We visited with them and had a yummy Mexican lunch before they headed back to Radford.
Upward is a wonderful christian soccer program where there is no score kept, a devotion is done at halftime, and it is a poitive environment to learn soccer.  Check out this girls smile running down the field!  I also think it is adorable that they follow the ball as a pack in soccer at this age:)
Kyle and I bonded last night by staying up very late to watch VT upset Ohio State!!  What a fun night to be a Hokie!  We watched every play and cheered like lunatics down in our basement while Mike, Hope, and David slept:)
Despite staying up way past our bedtime to cheer on the Hokies, we were up bright and early to head to church for the contemporary service at 10:00.  Kyle ran the worship board and helped serve communion.  David was perched on the front row getting his worship on with the praise band.  David insists to sit on the front row to be near the band!  He worships with total abandon and I do worry that he distracts others with his full-on praise, but several folks today commented to me that he is a lesson for us all on how to worship with abandon.  Once again, David teaches us all a lesson. 
Lately it seems that many folks from our congregation are struggling with really hard stuff like cancer, divorce, death of a loved one, sickness, family drama, etc. Bryan and David came up with a new sermon series entitled refuse to sink.  Today was the first Sunday in the series and it was powerful and awesome.  If you are struggling with a burden right now that seems bigger than you can handle, take a few minutes and listen to the sermon today which remindind us all who our anchor is in troubled times.  It inspired and encouraged me-hope it does you as well!
Here is the link to today's sermon.  I cannot wait to listen to it again- it was that good.
Bryan (worship minister) does all the graphics for the church.  Besides being crazy talented at everything musical, he is a master of graphics.  When this sermon series idea got rolling, he googled the word "hope" and this logo came up because evidently this is a popular tattoo!  I am not going to hit the tattoo parlor anytime soon, but I am intrigued about an anchor and a cross with the words "refuse to sink." 
Because of Jesus no matter what this life throws at us, we have an anchor to hold onto.  God was our anchor during 2011/2012 watching David endure chemo and radiation.  Life is hard, overwhelming, and brutal at times, but amazingly we have anchor to cling to even during the toughest storms.  Come join us next Sunday at 10:00 for a powerful worship service, or enjoy the sermon downloaded at your convenience. 
Because of Jesus we all have an anchor and we can refuse to sink.  Amen!